Tofu is quite an essential part of Japanese cuisine. It's used in a huge variety of dishes, and unlike the British, the Japanese still enjoy tofu dishes if they are meat eaters - it's generally just seen as an alternative source of protein which can create dishes with their own unique flavours and textures.
It can be difficult to get vegetarian tofu in Japan, as much of it is made with gelatine as a setting agent, however, you will find excellent vegetarian food in Buddhist temples, where you will be served up a fest in exchange for a donation to the temple.
Perhaps you might even find a dish like this delicious Agedashi Tofu!
It is a simple deep fried tofu dish served with a sharp and savory sauce.
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